Written By Neyzielle Ronnicque Cadiz, Volunteer Writer, Operation Blessing Philippines
She lost her mother when she was three and her father three years ago, both because of complications from illnesses. At 16, she depended only on her older siblings for food and shelter sustenance. When she was 17, though, she chose to live with Pastor Jessie Razo’s family at his church, Touch of the Holy Spirit, because her siblings could not understand her devotion to the Lord.
Her family provided her with her school needs when she was under their custody, though never enough. She was never consistent in enrolling every semester because of financial difficulties. She was in second year college then, but having no one to support her, she needed to stop and temporarily set back her dream.
Rona Sape, now 22, showed a thirst for knowledge, holding on to her dreams although she faced many challenges with her family. She focused on serving the Lord more, entering not just the music ministry in their church but also volunteering as a Sunday school teacher and a Bible study leader.
When staff and volunteers of Operation Blessing (OB) heard of her story, her case was assessed and she was eventually enlisted the Back-to-School (BTS) program of OB. For the past two years, Rona has been enjoying the benefits of the program from free tuition fee, uniform, transportation aid, and even free daily allowance.
“You gave me enough support to continue my dreams of graduating college. I can’t measure my happiness because of the opportunity OB granted me. Because of your support, I saw how God really works, how He blesses me abundantly because of my faith. I always pray that God gives OB more blessings and that He continues using your ministry to help those people in need, like me,” Rona gratefully said.
Rona is now a 4th year Bachelor of Science in Tourism student at Eastern Samar State University-Guiuan Campus. She is now just months away from achieving her dream of being the best stewardess and tour guide she has aspired to be ever since she was a child.
This is because of you, dear partners. Because of your unwavering support, we again helped someone in much need of educational support. Let us continue reaching out to more youth and support them in achieving their dreams for them to have a better life.
Together, let us make their dreams come true. Call us at 477-7802 to 04 or visit our website at www.obphil.com/home to inspire change!